Obscure Objects of Desire: Surrealism, Fetishism, and Politics

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Through the analysis of narratives, paintings and objets surr�alistes by Breton, Aragon, Dal�, and others, Malt examines how the object emerges as psychologically and historically marked in the surrealist context, functioning as both fetish and fetishized commodity. Responding to recent debates about the role of the uncanny and the representation of the body in surrealist art and literature, Malt's study offers new perspectives on familiar works such as the paintings of Salvador Dal� as well as illuminating relatively neglected ones such as Breton's po�mes-objets.
 

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Contents

Subjectivity and Revolutionary Commitment
9
Benjamin
41
The Surrealist Object in Theory
76
The Surrealist Object as Fetish
121
Poetry in the Object World
144
Painting and the Fetish Surface
180
Conclusion
212
Bibliography
222
Index
231
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About the author (2004)

Johanna Malt is at Lecturer in the Department of French, Kings College, University of London.

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